Texas & New Orleans Bridges

Draw-bridge Over the Neches River
   The bridge is 160 feet in length, with its approaching spans of eighty feet each, built on Howe's improved plan, the patent truss, by Messrs. Pride & Boomer, making a total length of 320 feet. It is set on piling, driven in a channel of from twenty-eight to forty feet depth of water. It is built in the most substantial manner. The draw is built with gallows frame, on an improved plan, and is the best in the State, and of its span not exceeded in any other.
   The plan for the draw-bridge over the Trinity River is similar, except that the draw is built with an arched chord.
   There is another bridge of the same size (location not given) and three common bridges of 280 feet each.